September 2, 2014
By Tim Mousseau
Starting off the school year can be a hectic time. In between getting back in the swing of classes and building organizational momentum, it is easy to fall in the trap of old habits. Instead of attempting new initiatives, it is safer to fall into the same policies, programs, and practices that we have used year after year. It is through this willingness to fit into past standards though, that we find our dilemma. When we allow ourselves to repeat, reuse and recycle constantly, we become boring. As organizations, students, and leaders, we have to stop being boring.
Moving an organization from brilliant to boring is not a complicated process. All it takes is a little time, laziness, and the right circumstances. When things get difficult, it is natural for us to revert back to old behaviors. Whether trying to replicate past successes or clinging on to traditional behaviors, I have watched students host the same events, use outdated officer structures, and list repeat goals year after year. Standardizing our organizations and student experience means we lose what makes us unique, which in turn loses our members’ interest and the ability to engage our communities. If we want to succeed, we have to stop copying the work of others, stop standardizing our organizations, and start trying something new.
If boring is a barrier for our organizations, it is important to acknowledge tools for success: creativity and curiosity. Doing this is easier said than done though. So here are some techniques on how to fight boredom – by acting curiously and living creatively.
If we as students want to personally and organizationally impact our communities while still remaining relevant, we need to be a little more curious in our actions and more creative in our goals. It is time we stop fitting into the standardized box of student organizations, repeating the actions of years past because they worked. There is power in stepping outside the set path of the past.
Make it one of your goals this year to stop being boring. Instead, become a little more curious, a little more unique, and a lot more creative. No one will remember you or your group when everything you do is the same. Let’s stop being boring, together.
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